Swimming Sends Seniors off with Success

PHILADELPHIA – In the final home meet of the season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams went out with a splash and defeated Delaware on Saturday in Sheerr Pool. The men took 12 events en route to a 184-98 victory over the Blue Hens, while the women won nine events and finished on top, 174-126. The day was especially special for the seniors, who participated in their last home meet.

The men and women started off the meet by winning eight straight events: 200 medley relay, 1000 free, 200 free, 100 back. In addition to winning the first four events, the men went on to also win the next three events. Not only did the Quakers win the first seven events, they also took second place in each of the events.

After a break for two diving events, the men continued right where they left off. In the 100 free, Eric Schultz finished just 0.17 of a second off from the pool record (44.35) that was set by Bart Schnieder back in 1980. Behind Schultz, who finished in 44.52, was Dillon McHugh (47.22) and John Germanis (47.36).

Duo Lauren Church and Ryan Alexander picked up the Red and Blue’s third one-two win with their back-to-back finish in the 200 back. Church, who finished second in the 100 back earlier, touched the wall first at 2:05.59 and Alexander, who won the 1000 free earlier, was next at 2:06.65.

However, one of the most exciting events of the day was the 500 free. Cole Hurwitz took the first block and competed in the event for the first time in his collegiate career. His teammates cheered as he started off strong with a 25.66 split and led through the first 200. However, distance swimmers Chris Swanson and Alex Peterson caught up and took the lead, finishing one-two at 4:36.69 and 4:37.84, respectively. Hurwitz placed third with a time of 4:51.31.

But it could be argued that the best was saved for last.

The all-senior team of Taylor Sneed, Lauryn Brown, Christina Hurley, and Bernadette D’Alonzo put a stamp on their career in Sheerr Pool, taking first in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:36.70. Fellow all-senior team of Irene Katopodis, Carly Gurick, Elyssa Pedote, and Emily Ashton finished the event third at 3:42.57.

In the final leg of the men’s 400 free relay, Zach Fisher, who held the lead for the “C Team”, was being chased down by fellow teammates Schultz and McHugh. However, they were unable to catch Fisher and the “C Team” – sophomores Kevin Su, Michael Wen, Michael Hamann, Fisher – took the win with a time of 3:07.03. The “B Team” – juniors Kevin Intrieri, Bradley Wachenfeld, Swanson, Schultz – came in second at 3:07.83 and the “A Team” – seniors Alex Porter, Germanis, Sam Ruddy, and McHugh – took third at 3:07.85.

Penn closes out their regular season next weekend with back-to-back nonconference meets with West Chester on Friday, Jan. 30 and La Salle on Saturday, Jan. 31.

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